School Nurse Program

The Asante Ashland Community Hospital (AACH) School Nurse Program, which was established in 1997, works to meet the physical and mental health needs of elementary and middle school children in Ashland and Talent. Nurses are embedded in the schools and are often the first medical provider a student sees. They provide a full complement of preventative and responsive health services in a continuous, need based manner for mental, dental and physical health. Nurses work in partnership with educators and family members to identify and address the health needs of children.

Currently services are provided in Ashland, Oregon at Walker, Helman and Bellview Elementary, Ashland Middle School, John Muir K-8 School, and Willow Wind Community Learning Center for K-12. In Talent, Oregon services provided at the Elementary and Middle School. Students have unlimited access to nurses through nursing offices located in the Ashland and Phoenix-Talent school districts. The goal of the program is to promote positive outcomes for students by providing comprehensive health services which include prevention, assessment, early identification/intervention and care coordination.

The School Nurse Program is funded in partnership by Asante Ashland Community Hospital and the Ashland and Phoenix-Talent School Districts. The Ashland Community Hospital Foundation has received grants in support of the School Nurse program from the Reed and Carolee Walker Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation and The Sharkey Foundation.  The Ashland Food Co-op and Ashland Shop’N Kart have awarded in-kind grants for the Healthy Foods an Alternative to Medication initiative of the School Nurse program. Through the initiative students who visit the nurse seeking medication to relieve symptoms of hunger are offered a healthy snack as an alternative. Students receive nutrition to support them through the school day and learn about creating healthy eating habits.

You can help support children in our community by investing in the School Nurse Program. You can make a tax-deductible contribution online, send a check to PO Box 98, Ashland, OR 97520, or call the Foundation Office at (541) 201-4019.